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MO: Halloween has local police strictly enforcing sex offender compliance

[ – 10/21/19]

Halloween is right around the corner, and local law enforcement are making sure the hundreds of sex offenders in Jasper County are following the law.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office already keeps a close eye on registered sex offenders and Halloween is no different. They have already started to reach out to offenders to make sure their in compliance with the law, which includes ensuring they are on the sex offender registry and posting the proper signage on their home on Halloween.

“Nowadays, you never know what you’re going to get,” explained Joplin parent LauRae Howard. “You never know what’s going to be on the other side of the door when you knock.”

With Halloween just a few days away, local law enforcement is taking the time to ensure all local sex offenders are in compliance with the law. In Missouri, offenders must turn off all lights at ther home at 5 p.m. on Halloween night.

“That they must be at their residence between the hours of 5 pm to 10:30 pm,” Jasper County Detective Roy Masters explained. “They must have a sign that’s posted that says “No candy or treats at this residence.’”

And even with those laws in place, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office goes the extra mile to follow through that those rules are being followed.

“We send out letters to all of our offenders that remind them, we even include a sign in the letter so they don’t even have to make a sign up to put out — we’ve supplied one for them,” Masters added. “We even request that they let us know if they’re going to be working during that time so they can save a little bit of time and energy when we go to try and verify and do compliance checks.”

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Oh My God. Its just SO over the top. All the time and energy spent on an issue that has proven needs NO time and energy spent on it. I think a bill should be introduced to Congress that would simply abolish Halloween altogether. There, problem solved (for the entire US) PERMANENTLY.

I’m all for banning Halloween. Especially after the cops have hijacked it and re-purposed it into a fear-driven “public safety” PR campaign

Those that benefit exclusively from Halloween:

1. Candy companie$
2. COP$
3. Denti$ts

So pathetic. The people who support this nonsense are just such a bunch of flaming idiots. What a disgrace. Could the U.S. look any more idiotic these days? And of course this is very far from our only area of idiocy. I still remember when we tried to move to the much more intelligent metric system but we were all too stupid to manage that. The entire rest of the civilized world uses it. Amerika is “exceptional”, all right. Exceptionally stupid and bottom of the barrel in so many ways. Leading the way with “$EX offender” stupidity. Anyway, I don’t… Read more »

Interesting that MO SC said retroactive application of the law was a no-no. That appears to mean either 1) MO doesn’t allow retroactive civil laws, or 2) it’s viewed as punishment. Either way, it would seem to play in our favor. Perhaps that case should be exhumed and see if there’s anything MO RCs can use from it.

This I think explains how they get away with it. (Missouri’s constitutional ban on laws retrospective in their operation does not
apply to crimes and punishments.) I would like your thoughts on this!$FILE/SC91368_State_of_Missouri_reply_brief.pdf

@Richard: I was having a devil of a time making heads or tails of the doc you sent me and the cited case, ex parte Berthrum (1877). After much hair-pulling (something I can ill afford), I stumbled upon a legal paper that explains it all quite well and relies on the RC laws to make its points. I highly recommend reading, “Civil or Criminal?: Deciding Whether a Law may be Applied Retrospectively yet Constitutionally in Missouri. State v. Wade” ( In short, the way MO gets away with the Halloween signs is by making it a criminal law that applies… Read more »

“…we even include a sign in the letter so they don’t even have to make a sign up to put out — we’ve supplied one for them,” Oh, how fucking thoughtful. I got your sign “right here,” ya ignorant, money wasting, life destroying, fear mongering Stazi asshole (and I mean this in the nicest possible way): Fuuuuuuck youuuuu! Shit, why don’t you include a suicide while your at it. “We even include a noose, a revolver loaded with a single bullet, plus a box of extra sharp razor blades so that when the public humiliation becomes completely unbearable, they have… Read more »

What, the rest of the year they do NOT strictly enforce RC laws? Riiigght… I think what they article meant to say was at this time of year, they make a dog-and-pony show out of their enforcement hijinks.

Totally ILLEGAL against the constitution… some RSO’s should SUE as the pig department can NOT compel speech nor FORCE anyone not on paper to be LOCKED DOWN in their residence !! Its called imprisonment !!

Of course the SOR is false imprisonment and involuntary detention under duress. We’re witch hunted because the media, cops and lawmakers have brainwashed and reprogrammed public opinion making us all out to be irreparably broken with no spare parts to fix, when in reality, THEY”RE the actual monsters they claim we are. We’re set up to fail and then shamed and marginalized when we don’t re-offend. Then they set back and claim, “You see, these proactive Halloween compliance checks are working!”

They’re basically taking credit for the sun coming up.

What a sick and twisted vortex of flawed logic!

So if all your lights have to be off and they knock on the door to do a compliance check couldn’t you not answer and use the excuse that you couldn’t find the door with the lights off?

“In Missouri, offenders must turn off all lights at ther home at 5 p.m. on Halloween night.”

If that is truly the case (I think it’s not true), then yes… (assuming no curfew, no having to be at home, ect). Even then there are many other reasons why a person doesn’t hear a knock at the door.

You should read the link I provided for their state police. Or you can easily find their law. It says that all Registered People must be at home, unless there is some “just” reason (believe that was the word), like work. The problem for this criminal regime is that their law says that RPs must be at home but it doesn’t say a damn thing that anyone has to prove that they are. So literally no one should answer their door. And again, all RPs should have their homes surrounded by walls and keep the law enforcement criminals out. Never… Read more »

I had some more time this morning to look at this nonsense. What a giant pile of stupid. I feel like just reading their stupidity has killed too much of my brain. This Halloween nonsense truly is just for stupid people. And as sort of an aside, I posted the link to Missouri’s criminal state police “fact sheet” above so people can look at that and get a small feeling for just the insane amount of time, money, and other resources that these Registry idiots have wasted through the years trying to polish up their pile of excrement. They should… Read more »

“It says that all Registered People must be at home, unless there is some “just” reason (believe that was the word), like work.”
This sure sounds like “house arrest”, which is along the punishment continuum. It’s also contrary to SCOTUS in Smith where it said RCs, “are free to move where they wish and to live and work as other citizens, with no supervision.”

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